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One of the most beloved works of science fiction, H.G. Wells’ classic The Invisible Man is an artful combination of a psychological thriller and science fiction novel.
A young scientist who discovers the secret of invisibility feels initial joy at his newfound freedoms and abilities, but quickly turns to despair when he realizes the many things he has sacrificed in the pursuit of science. While he struggles to create the formula that will restore his visibility and his connection to other people, murder and mayhem ensue.
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About the Author
Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady's maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper's apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893. In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher's salary. His other "scientific romances"-The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908)-won him distinction as the father of science fiction.
Date of Birth:September 21, 1866
Date of Death:August 13, 1946
Place of Birth:Bromley, Kent, England
Place of Death:London, England
Education:Normal School of Science, London, England
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Table of Contents
Chapter I The Strange Man's Arrival 9
Chapter II Mr Teddy Henfrey's First Impressions 17
Chapter III The Thousand and One Bottles 24
Chapter IV Mr Cuss Interviews the Stranger 31
Chapter V The Burglary at the Vicarage 39
Chapter VI The Furniture That Went Mad 43
Chapter VII The Unveiling of the Stranger 49
Chapter VIII In Transit 60
Chapter IX Mr Thomas Marvel 61
Chapter X Mr Marvel's Visit to Iping 69
Chapter XI In the Coach and Horses 73
Chapter XII The Invisible Man Loses His Temper 78
Chapter XIII Mr Marvel Discusses His Resignation 85
Chapter XIV At Port Stowe 89
Chapter XV The Man Who Was Running 97
Chapter XVI In the Jolly Cricketers 100
Chapter XVII Doctor Kemp's Visitor 106
Chapter XVIII The Invisible Man Sleeps 117
Chapter XIX Certain First Principles 123
Chapter XX At the House in Great Portland Street 130
Chapter XXI In Oxford Street 143
Chapter XXII In the Emporium 150
Chapter XXIII In Drury Lane 158
Chapter XXIV The Plan that Failed 170
Chapter XXV The Hunting of the Invisible Man 176
Chapter XXVI The Wicksteed Murder 179
Chapter XXVII The Siege of Kemp's House 185
Chapter XXVIII The Hunter Hunted 197
The Epilogue 205
What People are Saying About This
"Masterfully portrayed by Scott Brick-each of his characterizations is an actorly tour de force-The Invisible Man fascinates and mesmerizes, until it's gone." -AudioFile